And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. ~Micah 6:8
Thank you for your interest in Verbum Dei High School.
Verbum Dei teaching faculty make up a community of learners committed to ensuring that Verbum Dei students are exposed to culturally relevant, high impact instruction coupled with a rigorous curriculum aimed at building lifelong skills. We are called to prepare our young men to complete college and become leaders in our society. The Bible passage from Micah 6:8 help guide our work.
To act justly....
Our teaching faculty recognize the injustices that exist in our current educational system. These injustices impact the experiences of students of color as well as those living in lower income areas. To that end, Verbum Dei is committed to addressing the opportunity gap by ensuring that students routinely engage with rigorous, aligned curriculum, high impact instruction and high expectations from all stakeholders. We are committed to ensuring students experience a culturally responsive curriculum to help them understand themselves, each other, and their world.
To love mercy....
Our teaching faculty recognize our student grow exponentially when they are enveloped by love and mercy. We assume the best of our students, families, and each other. We operate under the ethic of cura personalis or the care of the whole person. As Dr. Tyrone Howard states, we understand students need to “Maslow before they Bloom!” This requires us to recognize the fullness of our students’ needs and desires, not just their need for academic skills. Our students; emotional wellbeing and overall wellness will always be our first priority.
To walk humbly with your God....
Our teaching faculty recognize that we can only do this work with the Holy Spirit. We seek to encounter the Holy Spirit through our relationships with each other, relationships with our students, and our relationship with this work. In the words of Oscar Romero, “we plant the seeds that one day will grow”. We recognize that we are wholly unprepared to do this work. We need the Holy Spirit to ensure equity. We need the Holy Spirit to promote healing. We need the Holy Spirit to create an environment to ensure all students thrive.
As we act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God, we recognize the importance of living and modeling for our students the principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). CST is rooted in the belief that we are each made in the image of God and, therefore, have an equal right to life and human dignity. The ways we interact with our students and with one another model this belief, and our curriculum is evolving to reflect it. We work to ensure that our students leave us with the knowledge that they are God’s beloved, that they are called to put their faith into action, and that they are positioned to bring about a more just world.
As members of the Verb community, we all share a commitment to our young men. We are looking for energetic, committed individuals who recognize the brilliance of our students and are committed to using their talents to bring about justice and freedom. I invite you to take a moment to hear from two Verbum Dei teachers, Kirsten Hochman and Jelani Bramble-Manning, about their experience at Verbum Dei.
We look forward to engaging with you as you discern the work to which God is calling you. We are looking forward to getting to know you! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Principal, Verbum Dei High School
Words from our Instructors...
I started working at Verbum Dei High School in the fall of 2019 and instantly fell in love. The Jesuit values of educating the whole person and exploring the service of faith and promotion of justice are what initially attracted me to the school, but then I met the empathetic, intelligent, hardworking and hilarious staff. The moment that I walked onto campus, I knew that I was a part of a family that was going to support me and help me flourish professionally! On top of all of that, there are the students! The students at Verbum Dei are resilient, smart, funny, leaders that will end up running the world one day and consistently make me proud to have played a small role in their formation.
Jelani Bramble Manning
I began working at Verb when I was about 33 years old, looking for a school to call my own, to set down some roots and become part of the school culture. I thought of Verb as perhaps my launching point, not my home but 17 years later here I am. I have students who have married, have begun families of their own, who I stay in contact with, parents who I still speak to. I have set my roots deep and become another member of an entire community in ways I never expected. Why did I stay? Because as I grew as a teacher this school was growing along with me. I have been part of the team that created a mission statement that has lasted, helped create a curriculum that is skill based, have been loved and nurtured as my students have been loved and nurtured. Verb is my home and all of the people here are my family.